Balmoral painting on show at museum

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An oil painting of Balmoral used for iconic railway posters of the early 1950s, will go on show for the first time from Saturday 25 February at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow.

The painting titled Royal Deeside by artist Kenneth Steel was commissioned by British Rail and recently gifted to Aberdeen by BRB (Residuary) Ltd.

The Royal Deeside line was built from Aberdeen to Ballater between 1853 and 1856 and operated until the 1960s.

During the 1950s posters of Royal Deeside were created to encourage tourists to travel along the Deeside Railway as the public grew ever more interested in the location because the Royal Family’s fondness of the area which had began with Queen Victoria.

Neil Butters, secretary of the Railway Heritage Committee, said: “We are delighted to be able to help return this beautiful painting closer to the area which inspired its creation.”

The painting will be on display in Aberdeen until Wednesday 15 June.